August 09, 2020

Tour operators believe North Korea won’t open until sometime in 2021
Practitioners from the travel industry speculate that the border could reopen sometime between 2021 and 2022

North Korea tour operators told NK News on Tuesday that they believe the country won't open its borders for tourists until at least some time in 2021 — far longer than was expected when the COVID-19 novel coronavirus emerged in January.

North Korea was the first country to stop international travel almost six months ago. Now, travel company representatives said Pyongyang's conservative approach to health epidemics means a longtime border closure is now likely on the horizon.